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Twitter Deletes 125K Terrorism-Promoting Accounts

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A man holds a placard with the Twitter hashtags "I am Danish, I am Jewish, I am Freedom" outside the Danish Embassy in Paris, where French political leaders attended a commemorative gathering after double shootings that killed two people at a cultural center and a synagogue in Copenhagen. (Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 05 Feb 2016 05:01 PM

Twitter says it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts for promoting or threatening terrorism since last summer.

In a blog post on its site, the social media company says it's "horrified" by violent extremism, like the shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. by husband-and-wife Islamic State supporters and the ISIS attacks in Paris, saying Twitter rules "make clear" posts promoting terror are banned.

"We have increased the size of the teams that review reports, reducing our response time significantly," it reports. "We also look into other accounts similar to those reported and leverage proprietary spam-fighting tools to surface other potentially violating accounts for review by our agents."

The Hill reports a month before Twitter's April 2015 terror promotion ban, the Brookings Institution estimated the popular social media site had deleted at least 1,000 ISIS-supporting accounts

That would make Twitter's suspension of 125,000 accounts since last July proof the pace has been greatly accelerated, The Hill notes.

Leaders on the Senate Intelligence Committee have introduced legislation to mandate that Internet companies report when they obtain knowledge of terrorist activity on their platforms, modeling the bill after child pornography laws, The Hill reports.

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